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The NBA bubble plan ‘must work’ but is still risky



The NBA bubble plan 'must work' but is still risky

Adam Silver believes in the plan – that the 22-team NBA restarting in Orlando, Florida, will be able to crown a champion without the spread of a new coronavirus pandemic that forces a cancellation.

“On paper and dealing with our experts, this must work,” the NBA commissioner said at the Fortune Brainstorm Health virtual conference Tuesday afternoon.

That, of course, does not mean that will happen. Silver acknowledged, refusing to offer his level of confidence that the league would not have to cancel the game at any point after restarting on July 30 with eight matches finished for the regular season followed by a playoff. He hopes there will be more positive tests, especially when players and team personnel arrive this week for a training camp in Florida, which has become a hot spot for this virus. But Silver believes the NBA will do everything possible to create a safe environment. He said he thought the player would be safer inside the bubble than outside because of precautions and guidelines – daily testing, contact tracking, social distance and wearing a mask – in place.

“This is a very protected environment, but once again this virus has degraded many people, so I will not express a higher level of trust than we follow the protocol and we hope it works when we design it,” he said.

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Not everyone is on board. A number of players, including Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley, Wilson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan, and Spencer Dinwiddie, will not compete because of health problems or because they have been tested positive for the virus. Silver said his biggest concern was that after initial testing and the quarantine period that followed, more positive tests emerged. At that time, the league must decide on action. If this is only a positive case here or there, the NBA will likely play.

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“Of course, if we have such a significant spread on our campus, we will be closed again,” he said.

What is “significant” actually happened, Silver said he was not ready to define. The NBA is in the process of doing that. The league also wants to understand where positive cases come from, and if that means there are holes in the bubble. This is clearly different than when the NBA postponed the season on March 11 after Rudy Gobert was declared positive. The NBA has reported that a total of 25 players – out of 351 – have tested positive since last week.

In March, fans were still attending the match, the traveling team, testing was far more limited and a new virus for everyone.

“So this is a very different model and now a very different protocol,” Silver said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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